Senior Nutrition Program: Must be 60 years or older and a resident of Santa Clara County. Monday-Friday; live dance music at 9:30 a.m.; lunch at 11 a.m. First United Methodist Church, 535 Old San Francisco Road, Sunnyvale. sunnyvaleumc.org/mission/seniornutrition.html. Santa Clara Chorale: The choir pairs Mozart’s Requiem with the West Coast premiere of “Ashes of Roses,” a requiem by composer Jocelyn Hagen. The concert also features Symphony Silicon Valley and the combined choirs of Santa Clara University. May 13, 8 p.m. Mission Santa Clara de Asis, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara. $5-$32. scc.org.
Compensation can take an educational spin, Take the family to an aquarium, zoo, museum or ballet (“The Nutcracker” will be playing everywhere very soon), Plan a nature walk/scavenger hunt, Buy and set aside time to read aloud some great books, With the holidays coming up, consider these narrative gems: “Thank you, Sarah: The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving,” by Laurie Halse Anderson; “A Family Christmas,” by Caroline Kennedy; “The Night Before Christmas,” by Henry Livingston; and “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” by ballet slippers p Dr, Seuss..
REO Speedwagon is rolling back into a town, set to perform a cool doubleheader with fellow classic-rock great Chicago on June 13 at the Concord Pavilion. It’ll be the second Bay Area gig for REO vocalist Kevin Cronin in a little under a month. He also appeared at the Fillmore in San Francisco in mid-May as part of Sammy Hagar’s all-star Acoustic-4-A-Cure benefit, which also featured guitar ace Joe Satriani, blues great Taj Mahal, the Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir and drummer Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, among others.
Aretha Franklin, 76, The undisputed “Queen of Soul” who sang with matchless ballet slippers p style on such classics as “Think,” ”I Say a Little Prayer” and her signature song, “Respect,” and stood as a cultural icon around the globe, Aug, 16, Pancreatic cancer, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, 93, The former Indian prime minister was a Hindu nationalist who set off a nuclear arms race with rival Pakistan but later reached across the border to begin a groundbreaking peace process, Aug, 16, Kofi Annan, 80, A charismatic global diplomat and the first black African to become United Nations secretary-general who led the world body through one of its most turbulent periods, Aug, 18..
The Litigator. California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom has promised to use specific environmental laws in the state to stop the border wall from being built, at least in southern California. And if he can’t completely stop construction, Newsom has suggested that he’ll tie it up so tight in bureaucratic red tape that the wall’s backers won’t be able to move. “There’s something called CEQA in California—NEPA at the federal level,” Newsom recently told a podcast host. “There’s indigenous lands and autonomies relating to governance on those lands. There are all kinds of obstructions as it relates to just getting zoning approval and getting building permits. All those things could be made very, very challenging for the administration.”.
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